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3 Women Ejected From AirTran Plane; Twitter Reactions

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3 Women Ejected From AirTran Plane; Twitter Reactions
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A lawyer, a therapist and a retired travel agent walk onto a plane. It sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but three women experienced anything but last night as they were unceremoniously ejected from a flight after verbally objecting to the behavior and attitude of a boorish flight attendant.

The three women were homeward bound on a flight to New York last night when a male flight attendant was allegedly handling one woman’s carry-on baggage rather brutishly. She objected, but was swiftly ignored. Moments later, another woman requested assistance with her seat from the same flight attendant but was met with pointed (yeah, sorry about that pun) hostility as the attendant refused to even acknowledge her request. Before takeoff, the flight attendant ordered both women to be removed from the flight, at which point a third woman conscientiously objected to the mistreatment of her fellow passengers. For her objection, the flight attendant went for the hat trick and kicked her off, as well. WPTV in West Palm Beach, FL, has this segment about the event:

Despite this being a bummer of a story, kudos to the quick-thinking passenger that thought to snap a picture of the offensive flight attendant (it’s unclear whether it was one of the three women or another passenger). Upon hearing this unbecoming news, the Twitterscape responded:

Why you don’t fly USAir, 3 women kicked off flight; Complained about flight attendant bully… http://t.co/98gLhXTD 1 hour ago via web · powered by @socialditto

@AirTran and Parent Co. @SouthwestAir when do you plan to explain this idiocy. http://t.co/FzMsSiBF #tsa is crazy & now airlines are too. 27 minutes ago via web · powered by @socialditto

More Big Brother, taking care of us http://t.co/wn1JIauf 1 hour ago via Facebook · powered by @socialditto

AirTran is a subsidiary of Southwest Airlines, neither of whom have provided any comment on the incident, but there was this post – I swear to God I’m not making this up – from Southwest Airlines’ Twitter account about fifteen hours ago:

Going on a girls trip to NYC? Meeting your long lost
sweetheart in MDW? Share your Southwest story with a TV audience! http://t.co/onoqeFGZ 15 hours ago via CoTweet · powered by @socialditto

Probably not the kind of “girls trip” you had in mind, Southwest. Probably not.

3 Women Ejected From AirTran Plane; Twitter Reactions
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  • Dennis Bickham

    As always, I am sure the truth is somewhere in between. I doubt the flight attendant was as rude as the passengers stated and I suspect the passengers did more than simply seek assistance. Conversely, I am sure the flight attendant could have handled the situation better.

    I travel a lot and find that flights in and out of NYC have the worst passengers. I’m not sure why, but they seem the be the hardest to please. Another habit I see on these flights are passengers who rather then give their trash to the flight attendant simply leave it on the floor—literally uneaten food on the floor.

    • MIke B

      Don’t assume anything. You were not there. The attendents on Southwest airlines are little Hitler’s. They bark orders and if you do not obey they kick you off the plane. This happened to me. She insisted I put my carry on in the above compartment. I told her I needed the medication inside during the flight. She insisted again, I showed her the medication bag. She insisted again. Because she wanted to hurry me up to leave the gate. I ignored her. The attendent came by three times and told me that I need to calm down. Each time I ignored her. The last time I told her she needed to stop telling bothering people by telling them to calm down. She called a special employee to take me off the flight. By the time she got there I was settled and in my seat belt. She asked me to step off the plane to “talk”. I told her no. Luckily the seat next to me was empty. She sat next to me and talked for a few minutes. I explained that through it all I never said anything to the attendent. THat she was trying to get me to react and I took the high road. She left came back, talked again. Left without me. THe attendent refused to let them close the plane door. After another 15 minutes someone else closed the door and the plane took off. The “psyche evaluator” employee told me she did not feel safe with me flying on the plane. Why? Because she had an attitude and was trying to cause a fight? This airline is out of control! I doubt anything more than what you would expect from someone trying to protect their belongings was said. The attendent should have been arrested for assualt for hurting the person’s arm!

      • Sonia

        Why do you take one incident with one person and label the whole airline as bad? Not fair at all to the other 37,000+ employees at SouthWest is it?

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